That's Smidgen's straightforward answer, when I ask HER "why?"
I'm a strong believer in turning the tables on your children, as soon and as often as possible. Since she's well into the age of "why?' - she gets it right back. "Don't tickle me!" "Why not? It makes you laugh and wiggle. You like to laugh and wiggle, you do it all the time, all by yourself. Why not?"
Strikes me as quite wise- and generally irrefutable. I hope to use it often.
It has happened a few times that I have been asked "why"- why are you doing "this"- meaning living this way? My answer is simple. For the children. Mine, yes; but all of them, really. We need to leave our children a world that has a future to offer them. And it seems obvious to me, that if your children are desperate- my children will suffer. So yes- for all of them (whether you actually have any, or not.)
So I'm taking the time today to put these self-indulgent bits regarding the journey so far together. Smidgen does get a kick out of seeing herself on the web, of course- hope you enjoy these too.
This is where we started- Smidgen, age 1 day.
(all these photos can be clicked on for larger versions.)
Smidgen, age 3-days. My hands, and hers.
Death by carrots. The Way is not smooth.
First ocean experience- well before dawn, due to jet-lag.
Ocean-shmocean, now THIS is really interesting. (with big brother Beelar)
Ok, yes, waves are cool.
So are big brothers, and tree roots.
(you really need to see the bigger version of this one)
Some tourist attractions can be interesting...
Enough tom-foolery. This is the plan.
(Bigger version recommended. Note how precisely I hold the stylus,
and ignore that bit of chocolate at the corner of my mouth.)
Happy Birthday, Smidge.